The first time I met Banky was in 2008. I was writing an Etisalat commercial and I needed a certain style of voice on the song. I thought of the fresh new artist who sang the song “Ebutemetta” – BankyW. He was quite fresh on the Naija music scene at that time, so I didn’t know anything about him. After a few calls, I was able to track him down only to learn he wasn’t in the country, but because I was determined to get his voice on the track, I stalled the project.
When we finally got into the studio to voice the commercial, we worked through the night and I was struck by how professional, hardworking and good-natured he was. He left quite an impression on me, but the biggest surprise was yet to come.
A few weeks later, I called him to confirm that the client had for the job and I had a cheque for him, but instead he flat out refused the cheque and didn’t want to be paid! He said he was just happy to have done the job. I was shocked. Why would an artist, especially a new one refuse good money for a major campaign for a big brand? I was absolutely blown away! But I was glad about how the story eventually turned out.
In a time where originality is hard to find and is often called to question, Banky is one person I know to be authentic. I think that all of this makes him an ideal candidate for the position he’s trying to occupy. It’s not only about how I have seen him behave with me but about how I have seen him behave with others. I see no reason to trust anyone other than one who has shown themselves to be who they truly are, and who they are across the board has proven to always inspire. He is a testament to what you can do with a little hope. So I’m hoping that this time, we will not let ourselves down. Yes, ourselves. Not him. Because we finally have someone who is not in this race for himself, but for you and me. We finally have a real chance here, one we have long waited for. We can give this position to someone who not only truly deserves it, but who WE also deserve to have look out for US and OUR interests for once as Nigerians. I support @Bankywellington as he runs for the Lagos Eti Osa Federal Constituency seat in the House of Reps in 2019
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